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Purchased from Lefevre & Partners, Auctioneers, Ltd. London, sale of 2/4/1976, Lot 29.
The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection
Bequest of H. McCoy Jones
From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection, deY, 5/4 - 8/4/2013
Linen lined with cotton. Edges bound with narrow white silk bias. Crewel embroidery, quilting done in silk thread. Ground fabric worked in backstitched quilting in a design with boteh and flowers. The center panel is embroidered in wool and silk crewel work with he images show Apollo's empty chariot in the clouds, with two doves attached to reigns and looking back at him. He, in his Roman centurion uniform, dropping his helmet, has fallen from the chariot and is grasping the hand of a languid nymph (Daphne?) who doesn't look too enthusiastic. Eros hovers overhead, aiming his bow at them. Below are Eros' cupids, forging more arrows of love at a forge and anvil. Corners appear to show a monogram (ADC ?)